How Kate Middleton Honored Princess Diana at the BAFTAs

Prince William and Kate Middleton at BAFTA awards.
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Tim Ireland – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Kate Middleton found the smallest way to honor her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, and fans noticed immediately. Kate Middleton and Prince William were on hand for the weekend’s BAFTA Awards and the Duchess of Cambridge was simply stunning.

Kate Middleton’s subtle tribute to Princess Diana

While many fans admired Middleton’s classic one-shouldered flowing white dress and simple up-do, it was one small detail that won people over. With her hair pulled up, Middleton’s earrings were on full display.

The elegant diamond and pearl drop earrings are significant because they belonged to Princess Diana. The late Princess of Wales wore the earrings on several occasions, including a 1990 event for the new Emperor of Japan Akihito.

Middleton inherited some of Princess Diana’s jewelry

According to reports, Princess Diana’s sons inherited her jewelry collection, including the gorgeous sapphire engagement ring that Prince William gave to Middleton when he proposed.

Both the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, will likely wear more of their late mother-in-law’s jewelry at events, with Markle spotted wearing Diana’s aquamarine ring to her wedding reception. Markle’s engagement ring also contains two stones from Diana’s collection.

In Princess Diana’s will, Diana’s Letter of Wishes stated: “But I would like you to allocate all my jewelry to the share to be held by my sons, so that their wives may, in due course, have it or use it. I leave the exact division of the jewelry to your discretion.”

Princess Diana’s engagement ring

When Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement was announced, the Duke of Cambridge noted: “It’s my mother’s engagement ring, and it’s very special to me, as Kate is very special to me now as well. It was only right the two were put together. It was my way of making sure mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement.”

Middleton has worn other pieces from Diana’s collection, including the diamond and pearl Lover’s Knot Tiara, a pair of sapphire earrings, and a pearl bracelet.

Middleton gives Princess Diana vibes

In addition to sporting the gorgeous drop earrings that belonged to Princess Diana, fans found another parallel in the style of gown she wore to the BAFTAs.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a white gown by Alexander McQueen (who also designed her wedding dress), a style very similar to a dress Princess Diana wore in 1991. Diana wore a one-shouldered white chiffon gown by designer Gina Fratini to a charity gala in Sol de Janeiro, Brazil.

Why were Prince William and Kate Middleton at the BAFTAs?

The couple weren’t just making a red carpet appearance at the event, but were at the BAFTA awards for a specific reason. Prince William has been the president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts since 2010 and presented the BAFTA Fellowship award to film editor Thelma Schoonmaker.

Prince William told the audience: “Catherine and I are delighted again to join you this evening as we part with another amazing year in film. BAFTA is known for achieving excellence and championing creativity, but at its heart it is an organization that inspires and nurtures exceptional talent.”

He continued: “I am a passionate supporter of BAFTA and I couldn’t be more proud of its ambitious plans to dramatically increase the support for new talent over the coming years.”